Statistics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

9-2003

Publication Source

Scandinavian Journal of Statistics

Volume

30

Issue

3

Start Page

459

Last Page

480

DOI

10.1111/1467-9469.00342

Abstract

We develop new results about a sieve methodology for estimation of minimal state spaces and probability laws in the class of stationary categorical processes. We first consider finite categorical spaces. By using a sieve approximation with variable length Markov chains of increasing order, we carry out asymptotically correct estimates by an adapted version of the Context Algorithm (see Rissanen (1983)). It thereby yields a nice graphical tree representation for the potentially infinite dimensional minimal state space of the data generating process. This procedure is also consistent for increasing size countable categorical spaces. Finally, we show similar results for real-valued general stationary processes by using a quantization procedure based on the distribution function.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ferrari, F. and Wyner, A. (2003), Estimation of General Stationary Processes by Variable Length Markov Chains. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 30: 459–480., which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/1467-9469.00342. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms.

Keywords

context algorithm, sieve approximation, state space estimation, strong mixing sequence, time series, tree model representation

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.